September 9, 2016 |
NATIONWIDE, low-income households spend an average of three times as much of their income on energy as higher income households, in large part because of energy-inefficient housing. Low-income households here in Pennsylvania are among the hardest hit in the entire country, according to a recent study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Energy Efficiency for All, a coalition of affordable housing, environmental and low-income advocates. State energy efficiency programs can help reduce the disproportionate energy burden borne by low-income households and should be continually improved upon to provide needed relief for Pennsylvania families.
September 7, 2016 |
One of the brightest moments of Katie McGinty's tenure as Pennsylvania's environmental secretary began in Bilbao, Spain. At a recycling conference there in 2003, she began courting a wind-turbine manufacturer, Gamesa, that would eventually invest heavily in Pennsylvania, bringing 1,000 jobs to Bucks and Cambria Counties and a U.S. headquarters to Philadelphia. Luring the company was hailed as a coup for the Rendell administration, won McGinty statewide headlines, and later garnered a mention from Republican Chris Christie as he ran for New Jersey governor.
May 19, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Jobs producer too It's difficult to understand a commentary's point that job creation and clean energy don't mix ("Once again, siding with greens over job creation," May 13). Advanced energy - which includes technologies such as wind, solar, and nuclear power; natural-gas generation; energy efficiency; advanced transportation; and advanced grid solutions - is a $200-billion-a-year industry in the United States and growing. The sector employs nearly 2.7 million people, and job growth outpaced overall U.S. employment growth 4-to-1 last year.
May 14, 2016 |
Pennsylvania has relaunched its popular program offering low-interest, fixed-rate financing for energy-efficient home improvements almost two years after it went dormant for lack of funding. State officials, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Reese and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley, gathered at the South Philadelphia home of Lizzie Rothwell and John Beauregard on Thursday to announce resumption of the Keystone Home Energy Loan Program. Rothwell and Beauregard used a loan from the program to insulate their 800-square-foot South Seventh Street rowhouse and upgrade its systems two years ago. KeystoneHelp, as the program is known, provided loans totaling $110 million to 14,000 homeowners statewide in the eight years after it began in 2006.
March 14, 2016 |
It's almost spring, and my electronic desk is accumulating more advice than I can share with you in a lifetime. An interesting bit of counsel comes from Lennox, which manufactures heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment: Leaves, weeds and grass collect on outdoor condenser units during the fall and winter, resulting in blocked air flow and reduced energy efficiency. Clearing the debris allows for unrestricted airflow, improving an air-conditioning system's efficiency, reducing operating costs, keeping the air clean, and increasing energy savings.
February 5, 2016
By Michael E. Kraft In December, delegates from 195 nations approved a remarkable global climate agreement. It calls for all countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases substantially. Most of these emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels, and the message couldn't be clearer: We need to change the way we generate and use energy, and do so quickly. The United States set a modest goal: cutting emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. In the face of persistent congressional opposition to climate-change policy, President Obama has used executive authority to move toward that goal, most notably through the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which will regulate coal-fired power plants and new-vehicle fuel economy standards.
January 14, 2016 |
The Goldtex apartments at 315 N. 12th St. have received Philadelphia's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold-level certification for a residential high-rise, according to the building's developer, Post Brothers. The 13-story tower earned the LEED Gold status from the U.S. Green Building Council for its energy efficiency and other environmentally friendly features, Post Brothers said in a statement. The design of the building, a former shoe factory, saves an estimated 15 million pounds of CO2 a year - the equivalent of the emissions from 1,200 motor vehicles - and runs entirely on wind-generated power, the company said.
December 26, 2015 |
The building engineer was skeptical, Scott Milne recalled. Replace 4,500 fluorescent lights with 2,250 brighter, more efficient LED bulbs that would pay for themselves after one year? But Milne, president of National Energy Technologies in Southampton, Bucks County, said he was able to persuade the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, on North 17th Street, to go for it. Last week, the hotel got a $95,000 rebate check from Peco, just about equal to the cost of new LED bulbs sold by Milne's company.
November 22, 2015 |
New Jersey's updated Energy Master Plan, released by the Christie administration late Friday afternoon, continues to forecast a dim future for offshore wind development. "While the future may bring change, offshore wind in the U.S. is not economically viable at this time," according to the report, jointly released by the Board of Public Utilities and the Department of Environmental Protection. Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, was quick to denounce the update.
October 24, 2015 |
The SEPTA board decided Thursday to make the regional transit network more environmentally friendly with plans that are budget friendly, too. The transit agency will begin installing $18.3 million in energy-efficient technology on SEPTA regional rail trains and subway cars, and at five facilities. The plan involves installing LED lighting, water conservation, and a variety of capital improvements designed to reduce energy use. Baltimore energy company Constellation New Energy Inc. was contracted to do the upgrades.